Mascot thanks walking pupils
Pupils across Northumberland are being encouraged to put their best foot forward for an initiative that aims to reduce congestion and improve road safety and air quality.
October is International Walk to School Month and the launch for the county took place at Stannington First School.
UK charity Living Streets runs walk to school campaigns and its mascot Strider – along with Wayne Daley, deputy leader and cabinet member for children’s services at the county council – came along to thank pupils for taking part in the initiative and find out more about the school’s activities.
Stannington First already takes part in WOW, a year-round walk to school challenge from Living Streets, and ask parents to ‘park and stride' from either the nearby church car park, or the village, rather than parking outside the school.
Headteacher Alexandra Palmer said: “We've been stepping out with Happy Shoesday, when everyone will be wearing their happiest shoes to come to school, and we will be taking part in a mass Welly Walk through the village.
“In addition, our pupils will be joining in with Wheely Wednesdays, High Vis Hikes and practical road safety sessions, alongside many other activities, all with the aim of encouraging as many pupils as possible to walk to school.”
The school is also promoting the Northumberland Smarter Parker Campaign, which includes raising awareness of the dangers that inconsiderate parking near schools can cause.
Coun Daley said: “There are some fantastic things planned at Stannington First during the month and I’ve been extremely impressed by the enthusiasm of students and staff to make real changes here.
“As well as being sustainable and making travel safer, walking, cycling or scooting to school are also amazing ways to protect the environment and reduce carbon emissions.
“Simple things make a huge difference and climate care is something that the council has a very strong focus on.
“I look forward to finding out more about all of the activities across Northumberland during International Walk to School Month.”